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What to Know About Dan + Shay, the First-Ever Coaching Duo on The Voice

The country duo is making Voice history as the first-ever Coaches duo to sit in the red chair. 

By Jessica White

Dan + Shay are making history as the first musical duo to claim a double red chair on The Voice for Season 25. 

How to Watch

Watch the Season 26 premiere of The Voice on Monday, September 23 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock. 

Yes, you read that right, Dan + Shay will settle into their expanded red chair alongside Season 24 returning Coaches Reba McEntire and John Legend, as well as Season 23 Coach Chance the Rapper, meaning a total of five Coaches will lead teams in the new season. Voice fans have their eyes peeled to see which Coach (or Coaches) will create a winner-worthy team to claim the coveted prize. Will it be newcomers Dan + Shay or perhaps a seasoned Voice veteran that plucks the talented champion? 

As viewers prepare for a nail-biting new season of The Voice, airing in 2024, many are curious about the musical duo set to make their mark on the Season 25 panel. Take a deep dive into Dan + Shay's incredible achievements and experience on The Voice, below. 

Who are Dan + Shay?

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are a massively successful pop country duo, known as Dan + Shay, that have become some of the biggest stars in the genre. They are not brothers, or even related, but very close friends and musical collaborators. Fun fact? They both got married in the same year. Smyers wed his girlfriend Abby Law on on May 13, 2017, while Mooney married Hannah Billingsley (former Miss Arkansas USA) on October 20, 2017. 

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney on the red carpet of the 2022 CMT Artists Of The Year

Come Season 25, Dan + Shay will hop into their custom-created red chair as The Voice's first-ever coaching duo.

The three-time Grammy winners will be tough to beat as they bring double the experience and two times the expertise to the Coaches panel. Like many before them, Dan + Shay are determined to find and mentor Season 25's champion, and their combined insight just might make them the Coaches to look out for. 

What to know about Dan + Shay's award-winning career

Dan + Shay hit the ground running in the music industry in 2013, and in the decade since they formed, they've garnered over 10 billion global career streams to date, 46 total RIAA certifications, and achieved nine #1 singles on country radio.

In 2021, they became the first artists to win the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance three times consecutively since the category's inception. Their Platinum-certified third album included smash hits “Tequila,” “Speechless,” and #1 country song “All to Myself." 

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney smiling and posing backstage during night 1 of the 50th CMA Fest

Dan + Shay’s mark on country music and beyond continues to grow with the 2021 release of their fourth studio album, Good Things.

What is Dan + Shay's history on The Voice?

While many Coaches make their Voice debut without any prior experience, Dan + Shay enter with a slight advantage. The duo are familiar faceshaving served as Battle Advisors in Season 20 for beloved former Coach Blake Shelton

That year, Team Blake Artist Cam Anthony took home the crown, so they have some prior experience mentoring a winner. Before the country singers appeared as Battle Advisors for Team Blake, they toured with Shelton before skyrocketing to fame. 

"Dan + Shay, they’re both great guys," Shelton told Stage Right. "But Shay is one of the funniest human beings I’ve ever been around in my life. So it’s no wonder to me that they went on to be the big stars that they are now.”

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney performing at Rockefeller Center.

In Season 15, Dan + Shay jumped on The Voice stage to perform their song "Speechless" alongside the season champion Chevel Shepherd. It was an electrifying set and a testament to the powerhouse performances to come in Season 25. 

You could argue Dan + Shay have been the shooting stars of The Voice for years, and fans can't wait to see what decisions they make as the first-ever Coach duo in Season 25 of The Voice.

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